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. merrill newman, the man being held by north korea, is returning home. and there are many tributes for the south african leader nelson mandela. >> the american war veteran retained by north korea since october is due to arrive inwe'rt community where newman was ma wr thanksgiving, but he'll be home for the holidays. when he first made the trip to north korea he could not have imagined how difficult of a trip it would turn out. but now he'll return to the u.s. a great relief for his family. >> i'm very glad to be home. i'm appreciate the government to allow me to be on my way. >> i offered him a ride home but he pointed out there is a direct flight to san francisco, his home. i don't blame him. i would be on that flight, too. >> newman was a soldier in the korean war and his visit was a long-planned vacation down memory lane. but he was no order soldier. the north koreans released this confession, likely forced by newman, admitting his afill ways with the white tigers. for newman the war is history. but for north koreans, newman was an enemy of the state. the two countries never sig
thing? >> go home and see my wife. >> korean war veteran merrill newman is finally a free man once again. there you saw him in china. he's looking forward to a long awaited reunion after more than a month in captive. they finally released the 85-year-old. his plane just landed. north korea held him for alleged hostile acts during the korean war. north korea released a video of him confessing to war crimes. hello, everybody. i'm in washington with a breaking news this hour. live at los angeles with the very latest upon his return and where we hope he will be speaking to reporters about his experience. dominick. >> yeah, absolutely. 42-day deal finally all over. let's show you the scene at san francisco airport at the international terminal there. the plane has literally just landed. apparently taxiing to the gate. eight minutes sooner than planned. he will come out of arrival toll at some point. he's got to go through immigration and get his bags. it could be a few minutes before we see him. just before he took off from beijing, we saw him in good condition. he was smiling. and he looked
're following for you. merrill newman is back with his family in the u.s. his six-week saga in north korea over. >>> south african mourners are holding vigils and memorials for nelson mandela continues. and this marijuana ingredient is bringing hundreds of families with epileptic children to colorado. >> we'll start with the legacy of nelson mandela. >> part of successful white government that kept nelson mandela in jail and then served for mandela. as u.s. ambassador and then foreign minister it was his task to defend the continued imprisonment of nelson mandela and other political opponent. but privately he long lobbied for mandela's release. >> i submitted a memorandum, due to the effect that mr. mandela ought to be released that we're bringing a bigger martyr of him every day he stays in prison, and that his international aclaim and status would be growing to an extent that we would not be able to hand it will any more. unfortunately, it continued on. >> here we have a man 27 years in prison. the day he was released he displayed the acumen and attitude of an american who has been a presiden
odyssey is over for merrill newman, back home with hisno carrierringring with the white tilers. for merrill newman the war was ancient history. for north korea, ever ready to fight american imperialists. merrill newman was an enemy of the state. the two countries never signed a peace treaty, are techniy at war and as such his release likely required the personal approval of the country's leader kim jong un. why he let merrill newman go now remains a mystery. >> after merrill newman is home and has a rest, we'll have more to say about his unusual and difficult journey. for now, though, we ask you to allow us time to be with him as a family. we ask that you not forget another american, kenneth bae. >> he sentenced to prison. caught spreading the word of christianity - viewed as a greater threat than a soldier merrill newman. >> what is interesting about the situation is something revealing about releasing merrill newman. if you look at the two people, a soldier and missionary. after all merrill newman was a soldier fighting in the korean war and was probably responsible for the d
, merrilman was met by american officials in budget airport early saturday. merrill newman is expected to arrive at san francisco around noon eastern time and al jazeera's correspondent has more. >> merrill newman is headed home. the 85-year-old was held captive for a month in north korea. >> i'm glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the tolerance the dprk has given for me to fe on my own. >> a veteran of the korean war. he was pulled from his flight back from to the united states. he admitted to his wrongdoing and apologised. his age and medical condition played a part. >> merrill newman's spoke to his son briefly. >> he's in excellent spirits and eager to be reunited with his family. >> he was accused of hostile acts. last week television stations put out a video of him apologising. >> vice president joe biden and south korea honoured veterans of the korean war welcomed him home and covered him a lift. >> the dprk released someone they should never have had the first place. i offered him a ride home, but there's a direct flight to san francisco. i don't blame them, i would be on th
. >> that is u.s. war veteran merrill newman, happily back on american soil after being released finally by north korea. the brave 85-year-old tourist was detained by the communist country for more than six grueling weeks for his alleged crimes during the korean war 60 years ago. now merrill newman is home for the holidays. we're live in los angeles with more. >> reporter: home in time for the holidays, greg. his family had hoped to be in time for thanksgiving but after we saw that video of him confessing to these crimes the koreans accused him after a week ago there was an indication that perhaps they would see him before christmas. that's certainly the result we saw today. scenes of joy in san francisco airport where he landed. he didn't give too much detail of how the koreans treated him. he justt the food had been healthy, no other details forthcoming. perhaps we'll get them later. this is how he described the diplomatic effort that was undertaken to get him released. take a listen, greg. >> i'm delighted to be home. i want to thank the swedish embassy and the american embassy in beijing for
, lester. >>> today's top story. the american veteran merrill newman will be home are his family in california in a matter of house. he has been held prison in north korea for weeks. late last night he was relieved and quickly began that trip home. ian williams is tracking the developments for us this morning from beijing. ian, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. merrill newman is now a free man after north korea deported him on the first available fleight out of pyongyang. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the tolerance the dprk government has gave me to be on my way. >> reporter: he also said that he was particularly grateful to the north koreans for releasing him and he was looking forward to seeing his wife. the north koreans said they leaved him because of his age and also because of his ill health. he has a heart condition. they also said they were responding to his apology, his so-called apology. now, this was something that he did live on television a week or so ago. he wrote -- he read from a written confession. now, this appeared to be some
and the shared legacy with his own father. >>> let's begin this hour with merrill newman, an elderly u.s. war veteran dragged off a plane and then locked up in north korea and is now free after six weeks held without any real explanation. he was suddenly released overnight by the communist country. north korea calling it a, quote, deportation. joining me now, cnn correspondent dan simon. he's at the airport in san francisco awaiting newman's arrival, about when he is expected to arrive, and this is some journey, isn't it? >> reporter: it really is, fredricka. and it's really important we remind our viewers of the nature of the situation. this is an 85-year-old with a heart condition who had been held in north korea since october, and no one knew what was going to happen to him until he was suddenly released by the government last night. he is expected to land in about an hour from now. behind me is where he would clear -- come out through customs and greet his friends and family, unless the state department has special provisions for him, which wouldn't be terribly surprising given the situat
, this top story. after more than six grueling weeks, u.s. war veteran merrill newman is back on american soil after being released by north korea. the brave 85-year-old tourist detained by the communist country for his alleged crimes during the cokorean war 60 year ago. >> glad you're with us. welcome to america's news headquarters. merrill newman's flight touching down a short time ago. you can listen to the release in his voice. >> it's been a great homecoming and i'm tired but it was my family now -- and thank you all for the support we got. very much appreciate it. >> we have been covering this story. >> behind merrill newman there, you could see his wife lee and also his son jeff who had been appealing for his release. merrill himself looked in pretty good shape. he said he was tired but considering he's 85 years old and the ordeal he's been now, he looked like he's doing pretty well. one of the first things he wanted to say was really to thank the diplomatic effort that got him released. take a listen. >> i'm delighted to be home. i want to thank the swedish embassy in pyongyang an
to newman over the weekend. he was in a hotel. he confirmed he was in good health, being fed, getting his medicines. he's appealing for release as well as other detained u.s. citizens. former ambassador to the united nations bill richardson negotiated release of several americans held in north korea. good to see you, governor. thanks for being with us. first of all, what is your sense seeing the so-called apology, confession, whatever you want to call what they allegedly had, now that that has been done and swedish ambassador has seen him, he's not gone to a prison, in a hotel, are you hopeful this could be the first step towards releasing mr. newman? >> well, in the past with kim jong-un's father, i would have been hopeful. with this new leader, it's uncertain what they are going to do next. it's totally unpredictable. it's bizarre how they treated mr. newman. they took him out of an airplane. he was heading home. he was there legitimately. now he's incarcerated with kenneth bay, the other american detainee. he was in north korea and an american envoy was going to take him out but then t
to be -- we're just actually getting some breaking news in now. merrill newman, the 85-year-old american korean war vet who had been arrested in north korea, i'm told he's now -- he's been deported by north korea. so he's leaving -- if he hasn't left already, he's going to be leaving north korea, a major development and terrific news for his family. he had been forced to confess, read a confess written by the north koreans. we'll have more on that when we come back. every day we're working to be an even better company - and to keep our commitments. and we've made a big commitment to america. bp supports nearly 250,000 jobs here. through all of our energy operations, we invest more in the u.s. than any other place in the world. in fact, we've invested over $55 billion here in the last five years - making bp america's largest energy investor. our commitment has never been stronger. on the table by not choosing the right medicare d plan. no one could have left this much money here. whoo-hoo-hoo! yet many seniors who compare medicare d plans realize they can save hundreds of dollars. cvs/pha
captive, forced to making a confession tape. that is what happened to merrill newman. kenneth bay has been held for more than a year now. ambassador thanks for being with us. this is outrageous that this american man was taken off the plane and forced to make this so-called confession. does this surprise you? >> well, it's bizarre. it's the new regime. this is how they are operating. it's bizarre if that this man was legitimately traveling in north korea with his visas. they pulled him off the plane. it is bizarre also because he is a war veteran. in the past, in 2007, the north koreans handed over to me the remains of seven of our soldiers from the korean war. they like the north koreans the interaction between the two militaries. it's bizarre also because it seems like nobody's in charge. had they wanted to take him hostage they should have done it without taking him off the plane. what is bizarre too is there are two americans there. this has never happened behave. kenneth bay, who also has been there a year, longer than anybody else. in the past the north koreans have used them as barg
a peaceful nuclear energy program in iran. 85-year-old merrill newman is back on u.s. soil and with family after being detained. north korean authorities seized newman off a departing plane more than a month ago. joining me now, congressman michael mccall, chairman of the house homeland security and congressman adam schiff, a member of the house select intelligence committee. thanks for coming in on a snowy day. not always easy in washington. i want to start with merrill newman because i know his son is in your district and you had been back and forth with him. why did north korea seize him and why did they let him go? >> it's a very good question, and i'm not sure we'll ever know completely the answer. it may be as the north koreans have said that as a personal peek, they found out about his war record and pulled him off the plane. it may have something to do with iran, with the fact that north korea is not the focus of attention right now, that they often will grab people to gain attention, to get a world leader to come and rescue them from north korea. it may have something to do with t
's no word at this point if he plans to discuss with anyone the arrest of merrill newman. there's a statement that asks for the release of merrill newman as well as kenneth bay, another american held in the communist country. we are following the story at nbc bay area.com. type in detained in north korea in the search bar and you'll get the very latest information. >>> we are following a developing story tonight. san francisco police are investigating a deadly shooting. detectives tell us the victim was trying to sell a game console when he was shot and killed. the robbery and shooting happened about 3:30 this afternoon near the mission district. investigators say the victim a man in his 20s arranged online to meet up with a buyer. when the buyer showed up, he reportedly stole the console and then fired several shots, killing the man. police have not released a description of the suspect. they're also looking to see if there's video sur vale lance from any of the nearby businesses that could help them track down the gunman. police say this is also a very real warning about the dangers to sell
, 85-year-old merrill newman resting at his home in california after spending more than a month in captivity in north korea. he's also sharing new details about his ordeal, including the menu. hello, i'm wolf blitzer reporting today from washington. it doesn't seem to matter where you are in the united states today. we all have one thing in common. pretty much miserable weather. if you're headed to the airport, pag your patience. more than a thousand flights already have been canceled today. on the roads, it's no better. this was the scene in yonkers, outside new york city. police say 30 people were injured in a 24-plus car pile-up on the bronx river parkway late last night. one reminder, falling ice posing a huge threat. a sheet of melting ice fell to the ground in plano, texas, damaging at least eight parked cars. thankfully no people were on street at the time. cnn is covering all these developing weather stories for you. our meteorologist chad meyers will be joining us in a moment with the forecast. let's go to cnn's row sal flores first. she's watching the comings and going
of detained american tourist, 85-year-old merrill newman reading a handwritten apology. >> and u.s. and western countries, there is misleading information and propaganda. >> reporter: newman admits he's guilty of big crimes when he fought for the u.s. in the korean war and now 60 years later, planning to try to meet up with anti-communist guerillas but was he coerced in a confession? >> the two biggest signs are the imperfect english in the statement as it was read by an american. the second sign is all the language that praises the regime. i think both of these things are dead giveaways that it wasn't written by newman. >> reporter: newman's case is especially concerning due to his age and because no one is sure what north korea is up to. >> the thing that's most disturbing is that they seem to have racheted up the situation by going after somebody who has no particular cause for being detained in north korea and then holding him without explanation for over a month. >> reporter: american kenneth bay also held for over a year by north korea. his sister told cnn his convictions m
of merrill newman asked me. i think the state department is handling this well. i think the north koreans are holding us to the bargaining chips. i think the best thing to do is see what the north koreans do. at the same time, i think new channels need to be opened. i would get korean war veteran's groups to be active and get him out. kenneth bay, also the squewedes maybe a special envoy. the relationship right now is not strong and not good. the chinese may try to help us. but i don't count on it right now with the issues in the high seas. >> maybe you will get an invitation you were successful in bringing 7 remains back in 2007 of war veterans. i have to go but thank you so much for your time today. >> what is happening right now. youth summit at the white house right now. the white house wants them to get the word out to other young americans about how to enroll. the administration pushing to get others to sign up. we'll have more on this youth summit later in the show. the recordings of several 911 calls made from inside the sandy hook elementary school have just now been release drel
merrill newman, the 85-year-old north korean war vet, coming home, having been held for a month, over the weekend so he is free. but there is still another american held prisoner there, kenneth bae, the christian mission snaer, has been held for more than a year now in a country that is unstable. if there is a power struggle, makes it very difficult for diplomats to work out how to get him home. >> some serious discussion regarding that man, bae, on whether the worm, dennis rodman, might be able to facilitate such a deal. >> we can only hope that dennis rodman can bring his unmatched diplomatic skills here and make a difference. somehow i doubt it. >> kind of doubt it, too, but if there's a way to get him to focus on that sort of thing, it would be wonderful to get kenneth bae home. >> if dennis rodman can do it, all power to him. >> i've been following, and many of you have, too, this matter in ukraine. there's a very important country in the middle of a strategic -- in a strategic location where the government seems to want to be on the side of russia, and the people want to be sort
concern, the two americans, merle newman and kenneth bae, being held with kim's assent, with his agreement. what will it take to get him to agree to send the americans back home? that's the big question on the table. >> barbara starr, thank you so much. >>> is bob dylan a hater? he's been charged in france with inciting hatred. it is all over the comments he made in rolling stone a year ago. he said if you have a slave master in your blood, blacks can sense that. that stuff lingers to this day just like jews can sense nazi blood and the serves can sense croatian blood. they pressed charges but the organization's lawyer told cnn that his client would be willing to drop the charges if dylan publicly apologizes. so is bob dylan in any real legal danger? karen greenburg is the director, of course, americans immediately think freedom of speech but different country, different laws. is bob dylan in any real legal jeopardy in france? >> probably not. i mean, you're right. the united states protects speech including hate speech, which i don't think this is. although the french think otherwise more
of north korea. it's rare that i get to do this. but 85-year-old korean veteran merrill newman was released after being detained by north korea for over a month. he's now back home in california with his family. he just released a statement. quote, i have given considerable thought to this and have come to the conclusion that i just didn't understand that for the north korean regime, the korean war isn't over and that even innocent remarks about the war can cause big problems if you're a foreigner. what do you make of all this? >> well, i think it appears that he made some comments to people and the north koreans kind of went to town on it. i don't think they had any business holding him. i don't think they had any business detaining him for so many weeks. so i'm glad they let him go. but you know, these kinds of things happen and that's why people really ought to think very carefully about going to north korea. >> and having been to the dmz there, it is very obvious that north korea is very much -- not just north korea, south korea, too, they are still in war in all but action. >> oh, man,
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